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The governor ( French governor ) is the administrative head of a civil or military area in a geographically limited area. In the past, governors and regents had tasks similar to those of today's governors.

Word origin

The word goes back to the Latin gubernator " helmsman ", a noun agentis to Latin gubernare "steer", which in turn comes from the Greek κυβερνάω kybernáō "steer".

From this derived

  • Polish, Hungarian, Russian Gubernator
  • french governor
  • English governor or its adjective gubernatorial
  • spanish gobernador
  • portuguese governador
  • italian governatore

At the time of the Hohenstaufen dynasty, the Holy Roman Empire had the position of an imperial gubernator .

In the sense of the word, a governor is someone who leads the way. ( Cybernetics and English cyber also go back to this Greek verb .)

Civil governors

The governor is the chief government official responsible for civil administration in a province, governorate, or colony. Today there are civil governors for example:






There used to be governors:

Military governors

Military governors are the highest commanders of a fortress , a garrison , a military location or a militarily occupied area (country) (see occupation , zone of occupation ).

Other meanings

Governor is too

Web links

Wiktionary: governor  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. ^ French Etymological Dictionary . Volume IV, p. 302.
  2. Governor . In: Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon . 6th edition. Volume 8, Bibliographical Institute, Leipzig / Vienna 1907, p.  189 .